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Vatican Gardens: Open Bus Tour with Audio Guide

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Mon to Sat

  • Duration

    3 hours approx

  • Start time

    Check availability to see starting times.

  • Meeting Point
    Touristation office Viale Vaticano, 97
    (50mt away from the Vatican Museums’ entrance)
  • Ending Point

    Vatican Museums

Key Highlights

  • Get a panoramic view of the Vatican gardens from an open-top minibus
  • Enjoy a multilingual audio guide on the minibus
  • Lose yourself in Vatican Gardens where art and nature meet in harmony
  • Marvel how the space is decorated with fountains and the Renaissance sculptures
  • Enjoy the visit of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!

Overview

Discover the picturesque beauty of the Vatican Gardens with its monuments and precious works of art on a panoramic open bus with informative audio commentary onboard. Learn about 2000 years of history on a 45-minute bus ride through this exclusive landscaped area - designed by great Renaissance architect Carlo Maderno - and soak up the splendor. You may even catch a glimpse of Pope Francis himself as he wanders his enormous backyard.

Originally built in the 13th century - the Vatican Gardens boast nearly 23 hectares of flower fields, sculptures, fountains, and even some medieval buildings.

Legend has it that when the Vatican Gardens were first built, they were covered with sacred soil from Mount Calvary - where Jesus was crucified. In the past these scenic gardens (and lawn and orchard) were accessible only to those with power and influence. But with this ticket you can count yourself among the privileged few.

Filled with fountains, sculptures and shady trees, this is the place Pope Francis strolls when he needs a little 'me' time. Enjoy the beauty of the worlds’ smallest state, rich in works of art and natural wonders!

Complete your experience with the visit of the Vatican Museums at your leisure: discover one of the world's top art collections at the Vatican Museums at your own pace. Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

Inclusions

  • Vatican gardens tour by minibus
  • Multilingual audio guide for the Vatican Gardens (languages available: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese)
  • Entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Assistance at the meeting point
  • Free Wi-fi at the meeting point

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Guide
  • Audio guide for Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Please note

Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the starting time.

Please bring a valid ID for children.

It is forbidden to bring bottles, glasses containers, alcoholic beverages, aerosols, large luggage or bags

No pets are allowed

For security reasons selfie sticks, professional cameras, flash photography, tripods are not authorized

Please observe the strict dress code: no shorts or sleeveless shirts are allowed

Please note that the museum hours and closures may change due to Religious events.

You will have to pass through security

Latecomers will not be admitted

This experience is not suitable for:

  • People with mobility impairments

  • Wheelchair users

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